October 01, 2009


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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A three-part series that highlighted 53 of Bucknell University's teacher-scholars topped September's most popular web stories.

The series profiled the eight faculty recently promoted to full professor, 17 faculty promoted to associate professor and 28 tenure-track faculty who joined Bucknell's teaching ranks this fall. To date, the three installments have registered nearly 19,000 views, easily making it one of the most popular features on the website.

In order of reader views, here are September's top stories:

28 tenure-track faculty join Bucknell
The beginning of the fall 2009 semester marked the third year of a dramatic drive to increase the size of the Bucknell faculty.

Eight faculty promoted to full professor
This year's new full professors have a passion for learning about subjects as diverse as the writings of a 17th-century English female philosopher, ways to mitigate damage from Pennsylvania's old coal mines and the dynamics of fluids at the intersection of land and sky.

17 faculty promoted to associate professor
The new associate professors include an English professor and an environmental studies professor who teamed up with faculty members across campus to create the Bucknell University Environmental Center, a chemist who co-directed the Bucknell in Nicaragua summer course focused on sustainable development, a geographer who team-taught the Bucknell in Ireland program with a psychologist and a biologist who taught Bucknell en France students about wine and cheese making — in French.

Celebrated neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson to speak at 160th commencement
Benjamin S. Carson Sr., a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and philanthropist who has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his achievements performing high-risk operations and advancing education for all students, will deliver the commencement address during Bucknell's 160th annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 23.

Forum speaker: U.S. a 'dysfunctional empire'
By any historical definition, the United States was and remains an empire, but it is an empire with "structural flaws" that could mean another world force soon will take its place, said Niall Ferguson, a professor of history and economics and award-winning author who kicked off this semester's Bucknell Forum.

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Contact: Division of Communications

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